No more in this captivating World Cup has cricket's fickle nature been captured better than New Zealand and England.

Two weeks ago, both were the most unlikely of finalists.

Late June was not a happy time for either New Zealand or England.

Yet here they are, preparing for the Lord's finale on Sunday.


England started this World Cup ranked one in the world and rockstar favourites to bludgeon their way to a maiden ODI crown on home soil.

Their crash bash batting approach would prove unstoppable, or so we were repeatedly told.

But as pitches continued to cultivate curiously low-scoring